An Hour A Week. A Lifetime of Opportunity.

Our trained volunteers, who serve as academic mentors, help students gain the skills, self-confidence and motivation they need to succeed in school and in life! The extra attention students receive during the school day is crucial. Their improved academic success and their increased self-confidence could be the factor that inspires them to stay in school and graduate.

We wouldn’t be where we are today without the commitment of our dedicated academic mentors, who come from all walks of life exposing students to a wide diversity of ages, ethnicities, and experiences. So join the hundreds of parents, engineers, college students, senior citizens, doctors, and corporate professionals who we’re proud to call our volunteer base.


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Success in the earliest years is critical to building a lifelong love of learning. Motivate mentors support a whole class of students pre-K-2, helping to run activities and smooth transition time. Volunteers get real-world classroom experience, setting positive examples for good behavior, while offering teachers the resource they need most: an extra set of hands.

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Students in grades K – 8 are building their academic, social, and emotional skills – and some need extra support. Through one-on-one or small group sessions during classroom time, Accelerate mentors work with students who have been nominated by their teacher as needing to build skills, motivation, and interest in ELA and math.

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To bridge gaps in knowledge, Aim High volunteers support students in grades 9-12 with the extra push that a high-schooler needs. Individualized attention, either one-on-one or small groups of two to four students, offers soon-to-be graduates with the self-confidence and engagement they need to finish school strong.

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Power Lunch

Early literacy enrichment requires meeting students where they are. Power Lunch allows volunteers to inspire students K-3 with a love of reading by sharing their own enthusiasm for books over lunch. Each reading mentor serves as a role model and friend while helping motivate and develop important literacy and language skills during weekly meetings.

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For Corporations

The Big Cheese Reads

Since 2004, The Big Cheese Reads has been connecting business and community leaders with middle school students in order to emphasize the important link between literacy and career success.

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